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Mideast Peace #58495

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 18, 1979
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(Studio) Refusal of Saudi Arabia and Jordan to endorse peace treaty termed disturbing but not fatal to peace hopes.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) United States said not expecting Jordan or Saudi Arabia to support treaty, but to hope they will not actively reject it by cutting support and economic aid to Egypt. [Senator Frank CHURCH - speaks of special relations between United States and Saudi Arabia and Jordan.] ABC film shown. [Secretary of State Cyrus VANCE - speaks of Jordan and Saudi Arabia attitude toward treaty.] Mtg. between Egyptian defense minister Kamal Hassan Ali, Israeli defense minister Ezer Weizman, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and Secretary Defense Harold Brown reported Weizman's suggestion Israel will withdraw early from Sinai town of El Arish noted.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Statement by Israeli financal minister Simcha Ehrlich that income taxes might be increased because of peace treaty noted. Report with regard to benefits of treaty introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(West Bank, Israeli Occupied Territory) Egyptian hopes that peace will help economy and Israeli needs for more immigrants reported Mutual trade and tourism cited. Possibility that treaty is 1st step towards a more comprehensive peace noted.
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Dobbs, Greg;
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie

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